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May 19, 2013 10:30am EDT
day. i saw mr. miller, the soon to be former head of the irs, look at congress and be essentially unresponsive, be essentially, gee, somebody was responsible, i don't know the name, yes, maybe i can get the name for you. that gives you a sense that maybe congress can't get to the bottom of this. maybe an independent council would be a better route. >> some institutions have a no-surprise rule, which is you need to make sure the person at the top, who is the president in this case, he is constitutionally responsible for the whole executive branch, to be told about things that are going on that are bad. and you can't kind of say, oh, that happened last year and they're investigating. you need to stop the bad things right away. >> and the difficulty is this criticism of passivity, as you all are suggesting and i'm challenging you with the other side of that argument but the idea that he is still in charge of the government, has accountability and has to project accountability as we ask all presidents to do. >> in the irs case it doesn't seem passive. wonderful king strauss of the wal
May 15, 2013 7:00am PDT
calling for heads to roll. let me play that for you. >> sure. >> i think there's reason to believe that mr. miller should be released of his responsibilities as well as -- there was such total mismanagement. >> he was referring to acting irs chief steven miller and the top irs official, lois learner. elijah cummings says laws were probably broken. do you agree? >> from what i've heard, i do agree. i know an invest xwags is underway. we need to wait to hear all the facts, but if it appears this is what's happening, we need to hold people accountable. i have no hesitation with that. how far do you think the accountability will go? attorney general holder has been under fire when it was revealed that the justice department obtained those two months of phone records. reince priebus is calling for his resignation. i think the question of how long he plans to stay has been questions, do you believe he's still effective and could some fingers be pointed at him when he talk about heads rolling? >> let me just tell you i'm glad he has stayed to far. you have the leadership calling for his resignati
May 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
themselves. mr. miller did not help himself today. >> my favorite part of mr. miller's testimony if there is a greatest hits today was when he was asked by members of congress, did you intentionally mislead us? and his answer was, he didn't mislead them. but he answered your questions as they were asked. that's not a really good answer to give members of congress. >> you want to give them the tr nothing but the truth in its proper context. >> their job is oversight. they should be allowed to do it. >> it's interesting though. lois lerner when she released it at the american bar association, first rule of bad news damage control, if you got bad news you release it. don't wait for your enemies to get ahold of that. and that is clearly on their mind. thanks very much. >>> up next, the powerball jackpot. hitting $600 million. and it's climbing. if no one beats the odds tomorrow it could be approaching, yes, $1 billion. >>> also coming up glamour, glitter, and bling. while movie stars were out showing their style someone was making off with very valuable diamonds. [ female announcer
May 16, 2013 8:00pm EDT
like it was going to be a big shakedown by getting rid of mr. stephen miller of the irs. we find out mr. miller was scheduled to resign anyway and part the irs as the early of june. again, the american people have not been told the truth. what did the white house know and when did he know it? we will open up to questions. >> any legislation planned to address this? >> right now we will have hearings. various chairs have indicated that. .ut there is legislation ever presented from ohio was to put in criminal penalties for -- e two abuse because of the very sensitive , it is wrong for the irs to misuse personal tax data. we have very strict requirements that we could not act without the area of jurisdiction. we have very thick manuals for standard operating procedures. we had to check every box. it did not matter if you are an attorney or in a field or in collections or if you were notitatter. your work product was checked by your supervisor and you could not ask beyond your jurisdiction. [inaudible] believee any reason to the administration knew about the targeting? -- do you have any re
May 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
, joe. the weighs and means committee will get the former irs head mr. miller before them to answer questions as well as the inspector general mr. george who wrote this report that was so damming to the irs. the question you bring up is, how far is the gop going to push it. the cliche thing in d.c. to say look they have to keep it serious, can't make this into a witch hunt because they lose the political high ground. the best committee to have out of the gate in order to have these types of questions, joe, is the house ways and means committee. you remember from your time up here, that's where the party puts its stars. it's the smart people, the people that understand the true mechanisms of government. they'll expect questions today for those two individuals from guys like dave camp, paul ryan, peter roscoe, people very comfortable with the leadership who know the met tricks very well who will ask tough authoritative questions from the republican side. the democrats want to get in on this too. sander levin, the soft spoken man he is, wants to throw a few spears today because they wa
May 15, 2013 12:00pm EDT
with acting commissioner steve milney yesterday. it was a tough talk. i told mr. miller the actions of the i.r.s. were inexcusable and warned that he is in for serious questioning from this committee and from others. i told mr. miller the committee demands nothing less than his complete cooperation and total transparency. the finance committee will hold a hearing on tuesday to examine this issue. there needs to be a full accounting of what happened at the i.r.s. and who knew what, when and how long did this practice go on. and what other groups were flagged for additional scrutiny. there is another important question that needs to be asked. is there a fault in the tax code that may have contributed to the i.r.s. taking such unacceptable steps? do we need a better definition of what organizations qualify for in order to qualify for tax exemptions? do we need to revisit the role tax-exempt organizations play in our political system? what part of the tax code has to be changed for us to guarantee this overreach never happens again? there are many more questions. this will be an issue we delve i
May 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
of all a hate letter right out of the box. the subject line is mrs. stephanie miller. >> mrs.? >> mrs.? >> and someone said chris i had to forward this one oh my god, please pass along to the mrs. they think we are married. >> oh, god, that would be a special kind of hell. >> stephanie: mike writes -- wow, this is like somebody -- like he thinks he is sending a telegraph for someone reason. >> someone menninged to me yesterday that it's like a hate letter haiku. >> stephanie: right. it is. all the scandal, space, s, period. are real period. you play them down, period. i can hear the teletype. you play them down period, the president had no know about everything, if he not is he out control, period how can you stick up for period holder. tell me how period. and the heck did the people of the good city ever elect your mayor? i don't know i don't live in chicago. another scary guy, period, fast and furious, is an obama project, not bush period your y-o-u-r, wake up period the -- animated tweety birds around my head. if press and media types period. that doesn't seem li
May 14, 2013 12:00pm EDT
, steven miller, to resign. if it -- if it is true what currently appears to be true, that mr. miller willfully misled congress when inquiries were made earlier about this sort of scandalous political activity, he should resign today. furthermore, i'm encouraged actually by chairman max baucus of the senate finance committee and senator orrin hatch, who said that they believe it's important for the finance committee, as the appropriate standing committee of the senate with jurisdiction over the internal revenue service, to conduct an investigation. and i hope that the first witness they will call is the treasury secretary, jack lew, who's the boss of the i.r.s. or overseer of the i.r.s. mr. miller's direct reporting boss. i -- i look forward to a thorough bipartisan investigation that will deliver justice to these government officials who betrayed the american people in such a shameful and egregious manner. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. sanders: mr. president, i would like to call up amendment number 889. the presiding officer:
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May 15, 2013 4:00pm EDT
of the officials close to the situation down in washington, d.c., mr. steven miller will plead the fifth amendment. david: no, he will not plead. -p>> he will not. he won't. he will go into the hearing and basically discuss broad details. he can still say he will not discuss specific details due to the nixon era irs confidentiality rules but here's, here's the bottom line. here is what needs to be focused on is the time frame for this. in 2010, yes, the, there could have been irs political audits because of the citizen united supreme court decision which opened a the floodgates of political money into the election system from unions and companies. so remember the president made that january 2010 state of the union address where he said, citizen united case was poorly rendered, words to that effect. may 2010, you have the irs then launching, be on the lookout computer spreadsheet going after tea party groups. but the potential for it, yes, we only have anecdotal information right now. until we have irs officials coming forward and more people coming forward to say yes, we were audited, this is not
May 15, 2013 1:30am PDT
for the teens. we would like to take our program off line and continue pushing this program forward mr. mayor. >> hi, i am lana miller, with hu hunter's point family. and i have so many things to talk about and so many things we are passionate and work on. now i am here in my role as a member of the mental health board and particularly for trauma and community related violence. i know for the last years barbara garcia has counted mental services in d-10 as community and violence and trauka. and for years we have talked about it and talked about it and when we try to engage the department of health, we got yes we understand it's a priority but we don't know what to do. in november/october last year in 20 2012, we had the southeast mental health summit around trauma. and a large segment of the community and dph and we put together a plan that was adopted by the san francisco mental health board. and signed on by all community-based organizations that provide mental health services. i am saying that we have a plan in d-10 and we know how to get started. now it's time to quit saying it's a proble
May 15, 2013 5:00pm EDT
is recognized. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. do we live in a banana republic? e living under a dictatorship? just recently, just this evening, the i.r.s. acting chief, steve miller, resigned and i suppose that's damage control and that's how we are going to fix this. heads are going to roll. just recently, mr. miller wrote to members of congress at least twice to explain the process of reviewing the applications for tax-exempt status without disclosing tea party groups were targeted. in july of last year, he testified before the house ways and means committee and didn't mention it. he didn't mention the additional scrutiny. i'm sure it must have slipped his mind. it couldn't have slipped his mind because he was asked about it specifically. now we are supposed to trust these answers that are forth coming at this time and continuing to be revised but initially, they claimed the process of flagging groups was contained to low-level staffers at a cincinnati office. and first we heard it was a couple hundred, 75 and now 200 and now 500. we trust much do someone that continues to change their s
May 14, 2013 6:00am PDT
before us and also mr. miller, the acting commissioner, is going to come before us. he is going to have tough questions from democrats and republicans. this should not become a partisan vehicle. we need to protect the people of this country when the irs is wrong and that is what we are doing. >> congressman levin, thank you so much for taking the time and talking with us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >>> let's take you back to new jersey for just a second. we can see more pictures of prince harry speaking with the governor of new jersey touring the neighborhood of seaside heights. you can see he is surrounded by residents. we will check in with poppy harlow next. . don't worry, we have cancelled your old card. great. thank you. in addition to us monitoring your accounts for unusual activity, you could also set up free account alerts. okay. [ female announcer ] at wells fargo we're working around the clock to help protect your money and financial information. here's your temporary card. welcome back. how was london? [ female announcer ] when people talk, great t
May 14, 2013 9:00am EDT
of the targeting. but it doesn't stop with mr. miller. as "the washington post" noted, lois lerner, head of the i.r.s.'s tax-exempt organization office, knew about the targeting in 2011. she seemed to say friday that she learned about it from news reports last year. these were not the malicious actions of a rogue agent or simply another skpapl -- example of government incompetence. instead, this was a clear, methodical abuse of government power. to discriminate against whole groups of americans simply because of their political beliefs. despite their awareness of abuse, officials from the i.r.s. failed time after time to disclose this targeting, and little effort was made to end the practice. even as recently as their admissions on friday, the i.r.s. continued to engage in coverups and half-truths. in fact, i.r.s. officials seem to go out of their way to deny wrongdoing. in testimony last year before the house of representatives, then-i.r.s. commissioner douglas shulman said there was absolutely no targeting. after years of neglecting to inform congress of this practice, the long overdue admissio
May 15, 2013 7:00am EDT
this for years and years to come. guest: mr. miller is the acting irs commissioner. he will be in on friday. then the inspector general. miller is acting. think he was there during the time that a lot of this took place. miller will be answering for what took place under a different watch. and then the name people to not know, lois lerner. thehas been in charge of tax-exempt division. some ofchanging around the criteria. i should not say that. she may have been involved. reports again place her in the middle of some of this. it is a name that people do not know. ther friday, she will be on hot seat before congress i have to answer a lot of questions. she was in charge of some of this activity. we'll see how far up the chain it went. host: that hearing on friday is that 9:00 a.m. you can find out more on our c- website. joseph brings up the point that the irs has a bush appointee. matter whooes not does this stuff. investigating in local governments. the first person i put in jail was a republican. it does not matter who is doing something wrong. responsibility weather is local, sta
May 16, 2013 9:00am EDT
's important that mr. miller resigns. >> what do you intend to accomplish at the hearing that you have? and a question for both of you, do you have any reason to think that what happened at the irs that the irs acknowledged was improper was directed or caused to happen by none at the white hous house. >> the key is to let the facts determine our conclusions and where this goes to. we want to, both committees, have a very solid hearing, not political. not partisan. not on behalf of one political party or the other. it's our job. the american people want more confidence in what the government does or does not do. our job is to gain more confidence by getting solid answers and following up where the answers lead. >> do you believe that the white house was involved in this, caused it to happen? condoned it? >> i don't know. ou hearing is bipartisan as well. the ranking member together and i have called the hearing. we have together written the questions we need to get answers for. i don't know the answers. we need to get answers. and we're going to follow this where it goes. there have bee
May 17, 2013 6:00am EDT
, chairman. it's not to say that mr. miller won't have some -- won't be able to shed light on some things. but i like the previous guy too. this is the guy you got first. he may have heard what was happening. but i want to know how it started, who knew about it two years ago. >> well, exactly. we want to know who hatched this plan. he is the existing acting commissioner. he is still in the role. he is actually where we need to start. we will have the inspector general who can fill out the details which is a cursory look. we need to dig deeper and find out who knew this, who authorized it, who thought of it and why it was allowed to continue for so long. >> i'm not going to call him defenders necessarily. people that are arguing this is a tempest in a teapot, they keep talking about that it didn't involve audits. it was scrutiny of entities that should be scrutinized. not selectively, obviously. you want to make sure a tax-exempt status is legit. when people talk audits they say, wait a minute, there's no evidence of that. any evidence at all people were singled out for audits based on pol
May 14, 2013 2:00pm PDT
questioning the acting irs commissioner up on capitol hill. watch this. >> hi, mr. miller. can you tell us why you never told congress that you had -- >> i don't have a comment today. thank you, guys. i'll be here on friday. >> sir, senator hatch says you purposely misled him by not informing him about this. why is that? >> he is not able to do an interview now. he will be back. >> commissioner, why didn't you tell the truth when asked directly by congress? >> we'll talk on friday. >> let's bring in our chief political analyst gloria borger. gloria, what do all these controversies, the irs, the benghazi, the a.p. investigation, what do they do at least in the short term to the president's second-term agenda? >> i spoke with a senior administration official today who said things are still ontrack as long as john mccain and lindsay graham don't turn against us on immigration reform that is moving along in committee. but that's their spin, wolf, and they're obviously sticking to it. here is the reality check to this. these issues taken together have become an all consuming political sinkhole and
May 15, 2013 4:00pm PDT
groups. >> mr. obama says acting commissioner steven miller was asked to resign and he did. the president called actions by the irs unveiled by a treasury inspector general inexcuseable. he says this will not be tolerated. >> i'll do everything to make sure nothing like this happens again. by holding responsible party as ktable, putting in place checks and safeguards and going forward making sure the laws applied as it should be. in a fair, impartial way. >> the commence came after attorney general holder testified before the house committee today, telling lawmakers his department will look into potential civil rights violation and happening now in kern county, take a look at the city's plan consuming forest land. 750 acres so far. the wildfire burning in frasier park between bakersfield and los angeles. these are live pictures. the ground fire prompted evacuation of a nearby high school. there is a mandatory evacuation order. we'll have updates at 5:00 and on twitter. >> here in the bay area, sky 7 over a smaller brush fire burning in san jose. close to highway 87 in west tailor street.
May 14, 2013 8:00pm EDT
for the appropriations for the secretary of treasury, i asked secretary lou -- secretary lew and acting mr. miller to respond to .llegations released by the irs i am awaiting those answers to those questions. every american should expect evenhanded treatment by the irs. that is now a question. it lends credibility to the and by ourthe press organizations across the country the information related to their donors were released to organizations that have opposite political points of view of those organizations. . think the story continues not only is it important to treat applications by one organization different than other. now it lends credibility that information is being released by the irs for purposes of political persuasion. every american should be able to expect evenhanded treatment from and that clearly is not the irs or it ministration we have. but let me add one thing. as you continue to file your stories on this subject, ask yourself before you write, how would i write this story is this -- if thisepublican were a republican administration? >> republicans have called for a crackdown. t
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May 18, 2013 3:00am PDT
customer service, mr. miller described it yesterday. just to be totally clear, this was a political operation. this took place within the context of a presentation campaign. this had the effect of hamstringing the president's political opponents during that campaign. to say there was no targeting flies in the face of the facts. here's one. during a 27-month period, at the height of this, not a single tea party group got tax-exempt status from the irs. during that same period, left wing group after left wing group got their applications expedited. a sham charity in alex andyia, virginia, they don't do anything. they got their application rubber stamped in 32 days by lois ler ner herself. >> by the way, i called for my own amusement on friday. >> you prank called it. >> yes, i did. no one there, doesn't exist. the answering machine says welcome to the barack obama foundation. they didn't pronounce the maybe it's somebody different named barack obama. furthermore, we've had some guests from the tea party who tried to get tax-exempt status. they said the irs wanted their e-mails, the ir
May 16, 2013 8:00am PDT
to speak to the chairman of the house ways and means committee mr. kevin him. he will chair a meeting tomorrow with steven miller, the very man who was fired yesterday as acting chair, acting commissioner, rather, of the irs. i asked what he wants to know from stephen miller. listen to what kevin said. >> i want to know what he knew, when he found out. and why he didn't disclose any of this to the congress knowing that we were inquiring about this, because we had been hearing that people had been targeted and we were trying to get answers. i want to know what he knew. i want to know when he knew it and i want to know from his standpoint what they've done to make sure this doesn't happen again. >> reporter: this is kind of a rare thing and unusual. a man who was just fired a couple days later will now be testifying on capitol hill. we were wondering whether or not he was going to show up. dave kevin said, yes, he will show up, his lawyer told him so, one of the reasons is stephen miller is there for the irs. even though he was asked to leave, he is still the floor per congress when the
May 15, 2013 9:30pm PDT
is submitted. >> i have a question for mr. doris skol, seems the own want to come to demolish the unit in order to rent it for higher amount. >> they want a permit to demolish the unit to evict miss miller and whether they will demolish it who knows . >> you don't have any basis for that, other than that it's your guess. >> the factual basis is a negative. the fact that they haven't sought and nov which would force them to remove it and the fact that they attempted to demand that my client make an agreement to move out and harassed her and when she refused and obtained council, then they decide it's an illegal unit and we want her out. the pattern of the behaviors on the salas and on behalf of the landlord suggest that it does not seem to be pure. >> in the permit holders they me laughed that -- lawsuit that you filed on behalf of your client? >> yes. i wrote to the owners copied the permit holders, got no response and gave them a deadline and i'm asking for damages and i'm asking for the court to order them to create the unit into a lawful configuration. >> thank you. >> and your cli
May 17, 2013 12:00pm PDT
? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress florida tnor t american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> joining miller was the man who led the report that brought the practice to light. treasury inspector generous he will george. let's hear what he had to say. >> did you find any evidence of political motivation in the selection of the tax exemption applications? >> we did not, sir. >> you say the irs used inappropriate criteria for identifying these organizations? is that legal? >> it is not illegal, sir. it was unusual. it is contrary to treasury regulations and other policies then in place by the department of. >> understand. the substantial delays, is that illegal or inappropriate in. >> it is inappropriate. >> the third, the unnecessary information, illegal or inappropriate? >> inappropriate. >> we'll hear from one of the committee members in a moment. first let's start with luke russert. what did we learn today? >> well, two things. number one, most importantly was that the irs in may of 2012รง w aware of these improper things going on in terms of political
May 17, 2013 6:00pm PDT
and means committee wanted to know why miller was not up front with them after he found out about it. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. >> reporter: some republicans on the committee tried to link the conduct at the irs to the white house. democrats pushed back. >> it is important that in addressing and fully correcting one wrong, we not complete and be involved in other wrongs. >> reporter: the inspector- general who dug into the problems at the irs went over his findings with the committee. >> was the irs using an appropriate criteria in its review of organizations applying for tax-exempt status? yes. >> reporter: but he also testified he found no evidence that politics motivated this improper scrutiny. lawmakers plan more hearings next week and say more people must be held accountable for what happened. danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. >>> the president has chosen top white house budget officer daniel werfel to replace miller as acting commissioner at the irs. >>> breaking news
May 18, 2013 5:00am PDT
that groups had been targeted for extra scrutiny. the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> reporter: this after the white house trying to tamp down criticism over the response to the benghazi attack, released 100 pages of e-mails and notes on wednesday. and the president came under fire this week for the justice department's widely criticized seizure of journalist phone records. >> how do you feel about comparisons of your critic's comparisons of this week's scandals to nixon? >> reporter: the scandals could threaten the second-term agenda. >> a relatively limited window to get things done, and this is eating into it. >> reporter: the irs controversy could have the most staying power, because the agency impacts average americans. >> the irs knows the controversy is the one easiest to understand and could be the most damaging. >> reporter: another reason the irs scand
May 17, 2013 7:00am PDT
's a look at today's "eye opener at 8." >> steven miller apologized right off the bat in his testimony for what he described as poor service to the american public. >> who is responsible for targeting conservative organizations? >> i don't have names for you, mr. brady, and i'm willing to try to find that out. >>> another member of the military's sexual harassment program is now in trouble. >> the colonel was arrested for stalking his ex-wife. >>> the white house has tried to contain three big scandals. >> the white house believes is greatest allies are republicans who overreach. >>> we now know a total of 16 tornadoes slammed into north texas wednesday night. >>> safety issues like leaking propane tanks and downed power lines could keep residents out of damaged areas for days. >>> there are reports this morning that russia has delivered advanced anti-ship missiles to syria. >>> they always say you know when you're ready. and i think i know when i'm ready, you know, i think i'm ready. >> you didn't know his nickname was golden balls, did you? >> no, i did not. >>> this reflects that th
May 16, 2013 9:00am EDT
be equally divided between the two sides. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, are we in a quorum call in. the presiding officer: we are not. symbolic step in accepting the resignation of acting i.r.s. commissioner miller. i had called for this resignation on monday when we learned thatler signed his name to one, if not more, letters that we now know couldn't possibly have been truthful, couldn't possibly have been truthful. but let's be clear. this symbolic step was just that, symbolic. what americans want right now are answers about what happened at i.r.s., why it wasn't disclosed earlier, who was ultimately accountable for this behavior, and assurances that this kind of thing isn't going to go on at the i.r.s. or anywhere else in the federal government. because the allegations of ideological targeting only continue to multiply. they're continuing to multiply. this morning i'd like to focus on just one of those incidents. it's the case of a group called the national organization for marriage. last may senator hatch, a top republican on the finance
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